Free January Unit Studies and Lessons
Planning lessons around holidays, historical events, and seasonal themes can be a fun way to homeschool. It’s an excellent way for kids to learn about the world around them, including topics that aren’t usually covered in a textbook. Our family has enjoyed occasionally adding seasonal and holiday-themed lessons to our homeschool routine.
Below is a list of free unit studies, lesson plans, and activities for January. All of the holiday dates given are for 2022. Because the dates of some holidays vary, I will update this post each year. For other months, see this page.
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National Thank You Month (all January)
National Thank You Month reminds us to take the time to thank others. People celebrate by writing thank you notes or cards or thanking people in person. Some people also find it an excellent time to start a gratitude journal.
- The Caffeinated Classroom– high school thank you note writing lesson
- STEPP Program– thank you note writing lesson
- Teachers Pay Teachers- thank you card template
National Hobby Month (all January)
National Hobby Month is a great time to focus on a favorite hobby or pick up a new hobby.
- Everything Mom– list of hobby ideas for kids
- Freedom Homeschooling– art and music curriculum
- Freedom Homeschooling– technology curriculum
- Freedom Homeschooling– resources for teaching kids to cook
New Year’s Day (January 1st)
New Year’s Day is the first day of the year. Many people celebrate with parties and fireworks on New Year’s Eve and stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year. Some people also set resolutions or goals for the New Year.
- The Best Ideas for Kids– New Year’s resolution printables
- Woo! Jr. Kids Activities– goal setting worksheets
- Freedom Homeschooling– resources for learning about the calendar
- Freedom Homeschooling– printable planners and calendars
Betsy Ross’s Birthday (January 1st)
Betsy Ross was born on January 1, 1752. She was an American upholsterer who is widely credited to have sewn the first American flag. However, many historians now say that there isn’t evidence to support this claim.
- Faith & Good Works– Betsy Ross & the American Flag unit study
- Homeschool Helper Online– Betsy Ross mini-unit study and worksheet
- Year Round Homeschooling– American Flag unit study
- Learn Bright– Betsy Ross / American Flag lesson plan
Georgia‘s Statehood (January 2nd)
Georgia became a state on January 2, 1788.
Alaska’s Statehood (January 3rd)
Alaska was admitted into the Union on January 3, 1959.
Utah’s Statehood (January 4th)
Utah became a state on January 4, 1896.
George Washington Carver Recognition Day (January 5th)
George Washington Carver Day is observed on January 5, the day the pioneering botanist and educator died in 1943. We remember Mr. Carver’s many contributions to agriculture and science on this day.
- Learn Bright– lesson plan
- National Park Service– lesson plan and video
- Teachers Pay Teachers– reading comprehension passage and worksheets
- Teachers Pay Teachers– worksheet set
National Bird Day (January 5th)
National Bird Day was created by a partnership between the Avian Welfare Coalition and Born Free USA. The goal is to inform people about the welfare of birds in the wild and in captivity.
- Freedom Homeschooling– learning resources and a printable bird watching journal
- Happy Hooligans– bird feeder crafts
Epiphany (January 6th)
Epiphany is a holiday celebrated by many Christians to commemorate when the Magi, or Wise Men, visited Jesus after His birth. Epiphany is called Three Kings Day in many countries.
New Mexico’s Statehood (January 6th)
New Mexico became a state on January 6, 1912.
Universal Letter Writing Week (January 9th through 15th)
Universal Letter Writing Week is a week dedicated to writing letters by hand. It is observed the second full week of January.
National Static Electricity Day (January 9th)
National Static Electricity Day is a time to learn about and have fun with static electricity. January may have been chosen for this holiday because static electricity is more common in cold, dry weather.
- Teach Engineering– lesson plan
- Utah Education Network– lesson plans
- Woo! Jr. Kids Activities– current & static electricity lesson
- iSwitch– static electricity experiments
Connecticut’s Statehood (January 9th)
Connecticut was admitted into the Union on January 9, 1788.
National Milk Day (January 11th)
National Milk Day commemorates the first day, January 11, 1878, milk was delivered to homes in sterilized glass bottles.
- National Agriculture in the Classroom– lesson on comparing milk to milk substitutes
- Utah Education Network– milk unit study
- Young Minds Inspired– dairy farming lesson plans
National Hat Day (January 15th)
Wear your favorite hat today to celebrate National Hat Day.
- Artsy Craftsy Mom– hat crafts
- Homeschool Share– The Cat in the Hat printables
- Love Life Yarn– beginner knit hat patterns
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 17th)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day honors the work and legacy of the civil rights leader and minister. This holiday is observed on the third Monday of January because Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929.
- Freedom Homeschooling– list of videos
- The Notebooking Nook– notebooking pages
- Teachers Pay Teachers– mini-book printables
- Write Shop– “I Have a Dream” writing prompt
National Popcorn Day (January 19th)
National Popcorn Day is a fun day to enjoy this delicious snack.
National Cheese Lover’s Day (January 20th)
On National Cheese Lover’s Day, enjoy your favorite cheese, try a new variety of cheese, or even make your own cheese to celebrate.
National Handwriting Day (January 23rd)
The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association established national Handwriting Day in 1977 to encourage people to write more. January 23rd was chosen because it was the birthday of John Handcock, who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Opposite Day (January 25th)
Opposite Day is a day when people have fun and joke around by declaring the opposite of whatever they really mean.
- The Chaos and the Clutter– activity ideas
- Powerful Mothering– printable activities
- K12 Reader– synonyms and antonyms worksheets
Michigan’s Statehood (January 26th)
Michigan became a state on January 26, 1837.
The Discovery of Antarctica (January 27th)
Though sometimes disputed, the first sighting of Antarctica is widely believed to have happened on January 27, 1820, during the voyage of two Russian ships, the Vostok and Mirnyi, under the command of Captain Fabien Gottlieb von Bellingshausen.
- Education: Antarctic Science– lesson plans
- Discovering Antarctica– educational website
- Teachers Pay Teachers– lesson plan
- Teachers Pay Teachers– research project
National Puzzle Day (January 29th)
National Puzzle Day is the perfect day to exercise your brain with a puzzle. It could be a jigsaw, crossword, Sudoku, trivia, word search, or any other type of puzzle.
- DLTK’s Site for Kids– printable jigsaw puzzles
- Puzzles to Print– crossword, word search, Sudoku, and more
- Education.com– crossword puzzle generator
Kansas’s Statehood (January 29th)
Kansas was admitted into the Union on January 29, 1861.
Have fun learning this January! I will add more unit studies and lessons next year. Be sure to pin this post so you can find it next January.
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